Odisha reports highest single-day spike, record deaths


Bhubaneswar: Odisha has reported the highest single-day spike of 12,523 new COVID-19 cases and a record 27 deaths, said the Health Department on Friday.

The new cases were recorded after testing 61,665 samples on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 20.30 per cent.

The state has so far reported 6,68,422 Covid cases and 2,430 deaths. The state has 1,09,438 active cases.

Of the new infections, 7,012 were detected at different quarantines and the remaining 5,511 were local contact cases.

Khurda district, of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest 1,842 new cases, followed by Cuttack (1084), Angul (930), Sundargarh (715), Puri (568) and Mayurbhanj (546).

Only two districts — Gajapati (53) and Malkangiri (73) — reported less than 100 new cases.